By: Kelly Shipp
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Denver senior forward Andre Shinyashiki was named a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the organization announced on Friday. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most coveted award in NCAA Division I soccer and rivals Division I football's Heisman Trophy.
Shinyashiki is the first Summit League men's soccer student-athlete to be named a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
On the field Shinyashiki is a three-time First Team All-Summit League performer and was named the Summit League Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons. On Friday he was named the winner of the Senior CLASS Award, becoming the first Summit League student-athlete to win that award. On Thursday he was named a First Team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches (USC) organization and on Wednesday he earned his second straight First Team All-West Region honor by the USC. Throughout his 2018 campaign Shinyashiki was named The Summit League Player of the Week five times, the USC and College Soccer News National Player of the Week twice, Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week once and was ranked as the No. 1 Player in the Top Drawer Soccer Midseason Top 100.
The Denver captain has had an historic season for the Pioneers, leading the country in multiple categories including goals scored (28), total points (60) and game-winning goals (11). Shinyashiki also broke numerous Summit League single-season records including goals, goals per game (1.33), game-winning goals, total points and points per game (2.86). His career numbers are equally impressive as he ends his collegiate career tied for the most career goals (51) and most points (117) in Summit League history.
If Shinyashiki wins the MAC Hermann Trophy on Jan. 4, 2019, he will be just the second Summit League athlete in any sport to be named their respective sports national player of the year. Cameron Levins of Southern Utah earned The Bowerman award in 2012, given out annually to the nations best male and female track and field athletes.
A complete list of the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist can be found HERE.